Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Competitors for Sale in Hyannis, MA

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Overview

The popularity of the crossover vehicle class is at an all-time high, and with that, competition is fierce among automakers to secure market share. Individual manufacturers have their strengths and advantages, as Hyundai exemplifies with its industry-leading warranties. But their largest crossover, the Santa Fe, which slots between the Tucson midsized crossover and the Palisade SUV, must contend with vehicles like the Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Nissan Murano, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V. Despite the hearty rivalry, though, the Santa Fe manages to hold its own for the 2020 model year.

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Pricing and Warranty

With a starting MSRP of $24,400, the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe beats out the Escape ($24,885), CR-V ($25,050), RAV4 ($25,850), Forester ($24,495), and Murano ($31,530) in suggested base pricing. While the Sportage ($23,990) is priced slightly less, the difference is minimal and as you’ll see, the Santa Fe offers considerably more to its buyers.

Hyundai is well-known for providing the best warranties in the business. With its full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty (which includes 24-hour roadside assistance) and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, it beats out the Escape’s, Murano’s, Forester’s, RAV4’s, and CR-V’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranties and 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranties. Although the affiliated Kia offers the same basic and powertrain warranties as Hyundai, its corrosion coverage expires at 5 years/100,000 miles, falling short of the Santa Fe’s 7 years/unlimited miles.


 

 

Spaciousness and Amenities

One of the most favored attributes of crossovers is their ability to take on more cargo than sedans or hatchbacks. As such, the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe comes through with superior cargo volume with the seat down at 71.3 cubic feet. This figure beats out the Sportage (60.1 cu. ft.), Escape (65.4 cu. ft.), and RAV4 (69.8 cu. ft.). The Forester and Murano are slightly larger overall, but the Murano’s higher MSRP – nearly $7,000 more than the Santa Fe’s – is something to consider. The Santa Fe also has 3.4 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more rear hip room, and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Forester. For overall interior volume, the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe yields 110.7 cu. ft. of passenger space, beating out the Sportage (98.6 cu. ft.), RAV4 (98.9 cu. ft.), Escape (104 cu. ft.), CR-V (105.9 cu. ft.), and Murano (108.1 cu. ft.).

Unlike the Escape, Sportage, and CR-V, the Santa Fe has the option of including heated rear outboard seats, and while the Forester does as well, it doesn’t offer cooled front seats like the Santa Fe does. Unlike the RAV4 and CR-V, the Santa Fe comes with standard automatic headlights on its base trim. This feature is reserved for the higher trims if you go with the RAV4 and the highest trim only with the CR-V. The Santa Fe can also be equipped with wireless phone charging, which the Escape, Murano, and Forester lack entirely.